Are you interested in social sciences, psychology, economics or population health?
Are you a student in Year 12 attending a state school in London, who wants to find out more about university life and the different undergraduate courses available at UCL?
Then the Centre for Longitudinal Studies Year 12 Summer Course is for you!
The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) is part of the UCL Social Research Institute, and is the home to four national longitudinal cohort studies:
These studies follow the lives of tens of thousands of people from birth through to old age and collect data on all aspects of their lives from their physical health to their dreams and aspirations.
Together, these studies have been pivotal in understanding all aspects of our lives and society and informing many areas of government policy. For example, these studies have helped understand the roots of social inequality, how the prevalence of mental ill health has changed over time and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for the old and young alike.
This summer CLS will be hosting a 7-week course (2 hours each week after school for the first 6 weeks, and one final all-day event) delving into different topics that are researched using the CLS data sets. These include:
Over the course of 7 weeks, you will engage in an immersive and multidisciplinary course aiming to give you a taste of university life.
The first three sessions will introduce you to the different topics researched at UCL and a chance to get stuck in and explore the data! You will learn why it’s important to consider the whole life span when investigating topics such as socioeconomic inequalities, health, mental health and cognition, and you will have the opportunity to attend talks and activities led by experts in the fields. The first session will include a campus tour, welcome meal and bowling!
Session 1 (Tue 30th May) – in person, 5.00-6.30pm, followed by pizza and bowling 6.30-8.00pm
Session 2 (Tue 6th June) – online, 5.00-7.00pm
Session 3 (Tue 13th June) – in person, 5.15-7.00pm. There is the option to join a CLS conference focusing on children born in the year 2000 (https://cls.ucl.ac.uk/events/children-of-the-noughties/) before the teaching session.
The next three sessions will get you thinking about how longitudinal research can be used to influence policy, and how to present research findings to policymakers in an engaging format. You will have the opportunity to apply our data for real-life impact. In groups, you will work towards creating your own infographic and blog, which will be professionally published online.
Session 4 (Tue 20th June) – online, 5.00-7.00pm
Session 5 (Tue 27th June) – online, 5.00-7.00pm
Session 6 (Tue 4th July) – in person, 5.00-7.00pm
The final week will celebrate all your work and your involvement in the summer course! We will attend a tour of the Houses of Parliament and a talk from a representative of Parliament. We will go out for a celebratory lunch and in the afternoon, you will have a chance to present your work to researchers at CLS.
Session 7 (Fri 14th July) – in person, 9.30am – 4.30pm (timings provisional)
Why should you attend the CLS Summer Course?
To be eligible to participate, you must be an AS-level student (Year 12) attending a state school in London and have an interest in pursuing higher education.
There are no subject requirements to attend, but the course will be of particular interest to students interested in social sciences including psychology, medical and health sciences, statistics, economics, politics and demography.
You need to be able to attend at least 5 of the 7 sessions, and we strongly encourage you to ensure you can participate in the all-day session culminating in presentations and a trip to parliament (Friday 14 July 2023).
How to apply
To apply, please complete the application form found below.
In the application form, you have the option of writing up to a 300-word motivational statement explaining why you want to be involved. You will also be asked to select your order of preference for topics to work on when creating the infographic (there will be opportunities to change this at a later point).
Please let us know if you’ll need compensation for travel costs, or help accessing online sessions.
For any further questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in contact by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply here: Application form